Broncos–Patriots rivalry

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Denver Broncos–New England Patriots
Patriots 41 - Broncos 7.jpg
Patriots' quarterback Matt Cassel attempting a pass in a 2008 game against the Broncos
First meetingSeptember 9, 1960
Broncos 13, Patriots 10
Latest meetingNovember 12, 2017
Patriots 41, Broncos 16
Next meetingTBD, 2020
Foxborough, MA
Statistics
Meetings total53 meetings (including playoffs)
All-time seriesBroncos, 30–23
Regular season seriesBroncos, 26–22
Postseason resultsBroncos, 4–1
Most recent
  • January 24, 2016
    Broncos 20, Patriots 18
Longest win streakBroncos, 11
Patriots, 4
Current win streakPatriots, 2 wins
(2016–present)
Championship success
Super Bowl Championships (9)

Conference Championships (19)

The Broncos–Patriots rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots (known as the Boston Patriots until 1971).

History[edit]

The Broncos and Patriots met twice annually during the American Football League (AFL) years from 1960–69, and played in the first-ever AFL game on September 9, 1960.[1] Since 1995, the two teams have met frequently during the regular season, including nine consecutive seasons from 1995–2003.[2] As of the end of the 2015 season, the two teams have met in the playoffs five times, with the Broncos owning a 4–1 record.[3] The teams' first playoff match on January 4, 1987 was John Elway's first career playoff win,[4] while the teams' second playoff match on January 14, 2006 game was the Broncos' first playoff win since Elway's retirement after the 1998 season.[5] The game was also notable for Champ Bailey's 100-yard interception that resulted in a touchdown-saving tackle by Benjamin Watson at the 1-yard line.[6]

On October 11, 2009, the two teams met with former Patriots' offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels as the Broncos' head coach. Both teams wore their AFL 50th anniversary jerseys.[7] The game featured a 98-yard drive in the fourth quarter, with a game-tying touchdown pass from Kyle Orton to Brandon Marshall, followed by an overtime drive led by Orton that resulted in a 41-yard game-winning field goal by Matt Prater.[8] The two teams met in the Divisional round of the 2011 playoffs, with the Patriots blowing out Tim Tebow and the Broncos by a score of 45–10.[9] The Broncos' rivalry with the Patriots later intensified when longtime Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning became the Broncos' starting quarterback from 2012–15. Manning and Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady maintained a legendary rivalry from 2001[10] until Manning's retirement after the 2015 season.[11] Though Brady dominated Manning in regular season play, winning nine of twelve meetings, Manning won three of five playoff meetings and 3 of 4 AFC Championship games, the last of which was a Broncos' 20–18 win in the 2015 AFC Championship.[12]

Game results[edit]

Broncos' victory Patriots' victory Tie Postseason meeting

All-time results[13]

1960s Patriots (10–8)[edit]

Date Score Winner Competition Location Series
September 9, 1960 13–10 Broncos Regular Season Nickerson Field DEN 1–0
October 23, 1960 31–24 Broncos Regular Season Bears Stadium DEN 2–0
September 16, 1961 45–17 Patriots Regular Season Nickerson Field DEN 2–1
December 3, 1961 28–24 Patriots Regular Season Bears Stadium Tied 2–2
September 21, 1962 41–16 Patriots Regular Season Nickerson Field BOS 3–2
November 11, 1962 33–29 Patriots Regular Season Bears Stadium BOS 4–2
September 29, 1963 14–10 Broncos Regular Season Bears Stadium BOS 4–3
October 18, 1963 40–21 Patriots Regular Season Fenway Park BOS 5–3
October 4, 1964 39–10 Patriots Regular Season Bears Stadium BOS 6–3
November 20, 1964 12–7 Patriots Regular Season Fenway Park BOS 7–3
September 24, 1965 27–10 Broncos Regular Season Fenway Park BOS 7–4
December 12, 1965 28–20 Patriots Regular Season Bears Stadium BOS 8–4
September 18, 1966 24–10 Patriots Regular Season Bears Stadium BOS 9–4
November 6, 1966 17–10 Broncos Regular Season Fenway Park BOS 9–5
September 3, 1967 26–21 Broncos Regular Season Bears Stadium BOS 9–6
September 29, 1968 20–17 Patriots Regular Season Mile High Stadium BOS 10–6
November 3, 1968 35–14 Broncos Regular Season Fenway Park BOS 10–7
September 14, 1969 35–7 Broncos Regular Season Mile High Stadium BOS 10–8

1970s Broncos (2–1)[edit]

Date Score Winner Competition Location Series
December 17, 1972 45–21 Broncos Regular Season Mile High Stadium NE 10–9
November 28, 1976 38–14 Patriots Regular Season Schaefer Stadium NE 11–9
November 11, 1979 45–10 Broncos Regular Season Mile High Stadium NE 11–10

1980s Broncos (5–1)[edit]

Date Score Winner Competition Location Series
September 29, 1980 23–14 Patriots Regular Season Schaefer Stadium NE 12–10
November 4, 1984 26–19 Broncos Regular Season Mile High Stadium NE 12–11
September 28, 1986 27–20 Broncos Regular Season Mile High Stadium Tied 12–12
January 4, 1987 22–17 Broncos AFC Divisional Mile High Stadium DEN 13–12
December 6, 1987 31–20 Broncos Regular Season Mile High Stadium DEN 14–12
December 17, 1988 21–10 Broncos Regular Season Mile High Stadium DEN 15–12

1990s Broncos (6–1)[edit]

Date Score Winner Competition Location Series
October 7, 1991 9–6 Broncos Regular Season Foxboro Stadium DEN 16–12
December 1, 1991 20–3 Broncos Regular Season Mile High Stadium DEN 17–12
October 8, 1995 37–3 Broncos Regular Season Foxboro Stadium DEN 18–12
November 17, 1996 34–8 Broncos Regular Season Foxboro Stadium DEN 19–12
October 6, 1997 34–13 Broncos Regular Season Mile High Stadium DEN 20–12
September 7, 1998 27–21 Broncos Regular Season Mile High Stadium DEN 21–12
October 24, 1999 24–23 Patriots Regular Season Foxboro Stadium DEN 21–13

2000s Broncos (6–3)[edit]

Date Score Winner Competition Location Series
October 1, 2000 28–19 Patriots Regular Season Mile High Stadium DEN 21–14
October 28, 2001 31–20 Broncos Regular Season Mile High Stadium DEN 22–14
October 27, 2002 24–16 Broncos Regular Season Gillette Stadium DEN 23–14
November 3, 2003 30–26 Patriots Regular Season Invesco Field at Mile High DEN 23–15
October 16, 2005 28–20 Broncos Regular Season Invesco Field at Mile High DEN 24–15
January 14, 2006 27–13 Broncos AFC Divisional Invesco Field at Mile High DEN 25–15
September 24, 2006 17–7 Broncos Regular Season Gillette Stadium DEN 26–15
October 20, 2008 41–7 Patriots Regular Season Gillette Stadium DEN 26–16
October 11, 2009 20–17 Broncos Regular Season Invesco Field at Mile High DEN 27–16

2010s Patriots (7–3)[edit]

Date Score Winner Competition Location Series
December 18, 2011 41–23 Patriots Regular Season Sports Authority Field at Mile High DEN 27–17
January 14, 2012 45–10 Patriots AFC Divisional Gillette Stadium DEN 27–18
October 7, 2012 31–21 Patriots Regular Season Gillette Stadium DEN 27–19
November 24, 2013 34–31 (OT) Patriots Regular Season Gillette Stadium DEN 27–20
January 19, 2014 26–16 Broncos AFC Championship Sports Authority Field at Mile High DEN 28–20
November 2, 2014 43–21 Patriots Regular Season Gillette Stadium DEN 28–21
November 29, 2015 30–24 (OT) Broncos Regular Season Sports Authority Field at Mile High DEN 29–21
January 24, 2016 20–18 Broncos AFC Championship Sports Authority Field at Mile High DEN 30–21
December 18, 2016 16–3 Patriots Regular Season Sports Authority Field at Mile High DEN 30–22
November 12, 2017 41–16 Patriots Regular Season Sports Authority Field at Mile High DEN 30–23

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Mason, Andrew (November 2, 2003). "Broncology: So We Meet Again". Denver Broncos. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "Boxscore finder: Denver Broncos vs New England Patriots – Pro-Football-Reference".
  4. ^ Lynch, Tim (October 16, 2008). "Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots; Through The Years". Mile High Report. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  5. ^ "Broncos take advantage of turnovers, eliminate Patriots". ESPN. January 14, 2006. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  6. ^ sevenand7kc (2011-09-16), Benjamin Watson tackle saving touchdown, retrieved 2016-06-05
  7. ^ "Denver doldrums continue for the Patriots – The Boston Globe". archive.boston.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  8. ^ "Patriots vs. Broncos - Game Recap - October 11, 2009 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-06-05.
  9. ^ Klis, Mike (January 14, 2012). "Tom Brady leads Patriots' 45–10 rout of Broncos, Tim Tebow in NFL playoffs". The Denver Post. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  10. ^ Gasper, Christopher (October 7, 2012). "Lucky to see Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning again". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  11. ^ Renck, Troy (March 7, 2016). "Peyton Manning retires from football: "I love the game...I will miss it."". The Denver Post. Archived from the original on March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  12. ^ Renck, Troy (January 24, 2016). "Broncos hold off Tom Brady and Patriots, head to Super Bowl". The Denver Post. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  13. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/game_query.cgi?tm1=den&tm2=nwe&yr=all